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MAASIN CITY, May 27 (PIA) -- A new building to house the Southern Leyte Police Provincial Ofice (SLPPO) is now being constructed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The structure, a three-story building, sits within the sprawling complex of the SLPPO situated in barangay Canturing ,this city.

The provincial PNP office is also named Camp Alfredo K. Bantug, to honor the former governor and Maasin mayor.

The project has an allocation of over P24 million, the DPWH said in a statement.

Construction has been slated for 306 calendar days, with target completion of the project programmed for early next year.

“The Philippine National Police has been requesting a new building for a long time already, that’s why our uniformed and non-uniformed personnel are happy that, finally, their request to have a safer, spacious, and conducive workplace has been granted,” District Engineer Margarita Junia said.

In a recent project site inspection, installation of footing and foundation of the building, as well as excavation works, were done.

In the last decade, since 2010 or so, field stations of the Philippine National Police in 18 municipalities and one city of the province have transferred from old to newly-constructed buildings.

It’s about time the provincial PNP headquarters gets its share of a major facelift, Junia said. (ldl/mmp/PIA8-Southern Leyte)